Truce was never really a truce, says Palestinian journalist

ASHWIN KUMAR
ASHWIN KUMAR
01 Dec 2023 09:46pm
A temporary truce between Israel and Hamas expired on December 1, with the Israeli army saying combat operations had resumed, accusing Hamas of violating the operational pause. - Photo by AFP
A temporary truce between Israel and Hamas expired on December 1, with the Israeli army saying combat operations had resumed, accusing Hamas of violating the operational pause. - Photo by AFP
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SHAH ALAM - In a poignant statement, Palestinian journalist Motaz Azaiza has shed light on the grim reality of the recent truce in Gaza, painting a picture far removed from peace and normalcy.

Azaiza poetically described the truce as "a bridge on which you could move towards the other side of death," highlighting the continued struggles and unfulfilled promises that have left many Palestinians in a state of despair.

Despite the ceasefire, he cited the absence of aid and the inability to procure basic necessities, with essentials remaining scarce or nonexistent.

His words reflect a community's fatigue, masked by the perception of resilience and strength imposed by external observers.

"You continue to suffer while others describe you as steadfast and strong, so they see that you are a legend, so their consciences are relieved," Motaz said, pointing to a narrative that romanticises suffering while glossing over the harsh realities on the ground.

This narrative, Azaiza suggests, has led many Palestinians to internalise these perceptions, feeling a sense of shame in admitting their exhaustion and the toll the conflict has taken.

"And you believe that trick, so you are ashamed to say that you are tired," he added.

The seven-day truce between Israel and Gaza, beginning Nov 24 and extended twice, facilitated the exchange of several hostages for Palestinian prisoners and enabled humanitarian aid delivery into Gaza.

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Following the truce expiry, Palestinian media reported Israeli air and artillery strikes in Gaza.

Throughout the last month, the Israeli occupation has committed unspeakable crimes against Gaza, with the death toll from Israel's bombardment now reaching more than 14,000, including children.

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